British MPs condemn the federal government’s 2030 ban on gross sales of recent fossil gas automobiles and the ill-informed urge that all of us drive electrical – wad that?
Guest contribution by Howard Cox
- 13 MPs and Lord Lilley endorsed a groundbreaking new APPG report on Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers. It draws the attention of decision-makers to the fact that Britain’s 37 million drivers want clean air to breathe too. But at the same time to show that the current unilateral government policy for road users, while praiseworthy on the surface, will instead damage the economy and the nation’s role in “helping” with global climate change.
- Craig Mackinlay, chairman of the APPG, said, “The only thing protecting the government from harm from the elections on this matter is the apparent consensus at Westminster and the lack of courage to stand up to climate fanatics and say: enough! Sooner or later the public will rebel against this madness. It is better to have the rational debate now, before we fully tackle a failed and expensive experiment. “
- The government should immediately Eliminate the threat of the 2030 ban in the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles. Instead, they should incentivize the transition to clean fuels by motivating industry and entrepreneurs to develop technologies that do not adversely affect the economy, drivers, or businesses. Let the market dictate which clean fuel technology is best and affordable for all motorists, not by a very costly, divisive and ineffective government mandate.
- 7 practical recommendations for reducing emissions without banning new diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2030.
- A wealth of expert opinions on recent government regulations and their effective ways to reduce emissions and avoid economic ruin.
- Several government questions on behalf of UK’s 37 million motorists about the feasibility and cost of the government’s unexpected target date to ban new fossil fuel cars and vans in 2030.
- A ‘cradle to grave’ review of electric vehicles versus gasoline / diesel powered transportation. Highlighting the safety, production, power supply and practicality of electric vehicles.
- Whether the government has really recognized a fair and equitable substitute for £ 35 billion in annual fuel tax and VAT.
- Largest Road User Opinion Survey ever conducted, supporting a number of APPG recommendations to meet vehicle emissions reduction requirements without adopting the government’s highly unpopular road transport policy. 50,000 took part.
- A better way to reduce vehicle emissions than to use ineffective pay to pollute policies and vehicle sales bans on the edge of the cliff.
APPG Chairman Craig Mackinlay MP said: “In creating what is probably one of the most authoritative reports on the subject ever written, we listened to thousands of road users, from cyclists, motorcyclists, motorists to our vital frontlines and significantly undermined commercial vehicle drivers.”
“We have put together a number of recommendations to the government that are both constructive and economically viable to help reduce emissions without harming 37 million drivers or the UK economy.”
“We absolutely have to take the majority of voters with us in the changes they are calling for. Don’t use a ton of unvisited millstones. This needs to be done through consultation and consensus and a rational debate on costs and alternatives. That means compromises on all sides of the green agenda. Above all with common sense and practical, workable solutions. “
“We have provided evidence in this measured report that the current government transport plans for road transport are unwise at best and ill-advised at worst. It is not too late to change overall policy. A change that will be supported by the majority of voters, the economy and all road users for a long time to come. “
Sir John Redwood MP said: “There is a lot of common sense in the APPG Fair Fuel Report. Greener traffic has to work for the people it wants to attract as users. You cannot go to work or take the children to school for a government purpose. The government needs to explain how these changes will be better, more popular, and more affordable. “
Julian Knight MP said “This policy was wrong from the start, it was invented in the Notting Hill kitchen without understanding the daily lives of real people. It is clear that switching to electric causes more environmental damage than running clean diesel. In addition, electrical engineering is not going to be phased out anytime soon, making this whole expensive farce a waste of time and money. “
Andrew Lewer MBE, MP said: “This is a reputable and well-researched report that should compel policymakers to face the facts and vote with the UK public on the cost – to them – of petrol and diesel vehicle bans and the timeframe for them.”
James Sunderland, MP said: “I welcome the recommendations made in this report, which highlights the need for a sustainable move to clean fuels that does not adversely affect the economy, drivers or businesses. We also need to ensure that all road users are involved in the development of the road transport strategy, and that is why I particularly support the idea of an advisory group for road users. I urge policy makers to carefully consider the recommendations of this well-researched and informative work by the Fair Fuel APPG. “
Other quotes from 12 MPs and one lord including Steve Baker, Sir Greg Knight, Andrew Bridgen, Philip Davies, Bob Blackman, Karl McCartney, Graham Stringer, Sir John Hayes and Lord Peter Lilley available at https://fairfueluk.com/APPG-FFUK/4/ and https://fairfueluk.com/APPG-FFUK/6/
Howard Cox, Founder of FairFuelUK and Secretary of APPG said: “The economic recovery would collapse if the use of fossil fuel cars were squeezed by these unnecessary cliffside bans. Motorists did not vote for the Greens in the federal election. But we have. There also seems to be a deliberate policy of dividing road users under the guise of a well-funded, ill-informed, emotional green agenda. “
“Why has the government not done a full post-recovery cost-benefit analysis of the impact of the 2030 ban and the unpopular push to use electric drives on the economy, UK drivers, especially low-income drivers and small businesses, affects? Most importantly, they must dispassionately demonstrate that their policies result in lower vehicle emissions and are more beneficial than the mammoth cost of implementing the ban itself. What are they afraid of if they believe this policy is so right? Dozens of backbench MPs have told me that they are very uncomfortable with current road transport policies and their inevitable negative effects on their constituents. “
The APPG report was produced by the APPG for Fair Fuel for Motorists and Hauliers, with Howard Cox, APPG secretary and founder of the FairFuelUK campaign, contributing significant editorial and scientific input.
The APPG report can be downloaded from https://fairfueluk.com/APPG-FFUK/
FairFuelUK is supported by RHA & Logistics UK. Other contributors to this report include the Alliance of British Drivers, the Motorcycle Action Group, and the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
The rapporteurs’ contacts include:
- FairFuelUK Campaign – Howard Cox, Report Editor
- British Driver Alliance – Paul Biggs
- Motorcycle Action Group – Lembit Opik
- GWPF – Harry Wilkinson
Background: Since 2011, the APPG for Fair Fuel for UK Autoists and UK Freight Forwarders has been researching key issues that affect UK motorists. Together with FairFuelUK, it has had a huge impact on keeping the fuel tax frozen since 2011. In addition to fuel taxation, the APPG addressed other issues that affect drivers, including congestion charges, ULEZ / CAZs, parking costs, road investments, unfair treatment of owners of fossil fuel vehicles, solutions to reduce emissions, incentives for cleaner fuels, alternative technology options and transparent prices at the pumps. Given the expected decline in fuel tax revenues, the APPG will also formulate a long-term approach to the future of road taxation and a positive transport strategy for all road users.